Twitter launched a new interactive map on Thursday that measures the effectiveness of President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s tweets on a state-by-state basis. This is another election tool, alongside Twitter’s daily polling tool, meant to provide insight into how people are reacting to the presidential candidates on Twitter. However, rather than measuring voter sentiment, as the polling tool does, this looks at how popular the candidates’ individual tweets are in specific locations.
Here is what it looks like.
I am not a huge fan of the type of political ‘discourse’ that occurs on Twitter. It seems to be a place for online yellers and extremists to yell and be extreme. They preach to the choir and make fun of the opposite side. Not exactly within the best practices of real debate.
Does a tool like this prove useful to you at all? What value could you derive?